Beautiful Gardens to Visit in Hampshire

If you’re someone who enjoys wandering around a beautiful garden or is always on the look out for some inspiration for your own garden, then there are several gardens well worth visiting in the area. 

Within a 30-45 minute drive from Wallops Wood are some amazing gardens to visit, with an array of different plants and designs which will most definitely inspire you and give you a wonderful day out. 

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is just outside Romsey and is an arboretum covering 180 acres and with over 42,000 trees and shrubs – most notably an almost unparalleled collection of oaks, camellia, magnolia and rhododendron. With some amazing plants to discover, you can also book a day at one of their many workshops held throughout the year. Find out more…

Sir Harold Hillier Garden
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Petersfield Physic Garden is a garden providing a green oasis in the centre of the town. It has been created in a 17th Century style with distinct parts laid out for different purposes. Along with some formal herb beds a topiary walk, a knot garden, an informal orchard with wild flowers and a rose arch. Find out more…

West Dean Gardens near Chichester is a restored garden in the grounds of West Dean College. Visitors can explore a wide range of historic features on a walk around the grounds. From surreal trees to the restored walled garden there’s plenty to explore along with the Victorian glasshouses. Find out more…

West Dean Gardens
West Dean Gardens

Exbury Gardens, designed and curated by the de Rothschild family, will delight and inspire in equal measure. The gardens located in the New Forest, include a spectacular collection of landscaped woodland, herbaceous, contemporary, formal and wildflower gardens providing beautiful palettes of colour across the seasons. Please note advanced booking is required. Find out more…

Exbury Gardens
Exbury Gardens – Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Mottisfont near Romsey, is famous for its beautiful walled rose garden, home to the National Collection of pre-1900 old fashioned roses. The roses peak in early summer and attract thousands of visitors! Booking essential so you don’t miss out. Find out more…

Privet lined walkway at Mottisfont
Privet lined walkway at Mottisfont – Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Furzey Gardens is a tranquil woodland garden in the New Forest, celebrating its centenary in 2022. It is run as a social enterprise of local charity Minstead Trust, to support people with learning disabilities. There is something for everyone at Furzey with fairy doors and play areas for children to exotic plants to discover for garden lovers along with a tea room and plants for sale. Find out more…

King John’s House is located in the centre of Romsey near the Abbey. The medieval, Tudor and Victorian buildings, surrounded by a beautiful period-style garden, are rich in history. The gardens have been designed and maintained by a group of dedicated volunteers who have created this beautiful oasis in the town with historic plants, a terrace and fountain courtyard. You can have lunch or tea at Miss Moody’s tea room while you’re there. Find out more…

Denmans is a contemporary country garden that lies on a gentle, south facing slope sheltered by the South Downs to the north, a few miles east of Chichester. It’s location is ideal for growing a large range of plants, including plants from the Mediterranean and other warmer climates which blend with plants indigenous to West Sussex. The diversity of its plants and its unique planting style have resulted in a garden with year-round interest, structure, and colour. A perfect day out for garden lovers. Find out more…

The Sculpture Park, just outside Farnham, is the world’s largest all year sculpture exhibition with 300 sculptors showcasing more than 650 sculptures throughout the year. All of this is set within ten acres of beautiful arboretum and wildlife inhabited water gardens. Almost everything is for sale and as a result the exhibits are forever changing so there is always something new to discover. Pre-booking is essential. Find out more…

The Sculpture Park
The Sculpture Park

Longstock Park Water Garden is situated near Stockbridge and owned by Waitrose. The Longstock Water Garden covers around six acres and was originally created during the early 1900s. The water garden became part of Waitrose’s Leckford estate in 1942 and since then has been nurtured and developed to become one of the finest water gardens. It is open seasonally and is a great place to visit whether you’re a keen gardener or visiting Hampshire and want to explore this hidden gem. Find out more…

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